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THREE SUBSPECIALTY CLINICS

ALLERGY CLINIC

OUR DERMATOLOGISTS SPECIALIZE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF ALLERGIC SKIN DISEASES IN DOGS AND CATS
• Environmental allergies due to house dust mites, storage mites, cat dander, pollens (trees, grasses and weeds), Malassezia yeast, and moulds
• Food allergies
• Allergies due to the bites of insects such as fleas

WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING TESTS
• Intradermal allergy testing with allergenic extracts for atopic dermatitis
• Serum allergy testing for atopic dermatitis
• Food elimination trials (tips for choosing the most appropriate commercial diet, formulation of homemade diets)

WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING TREATMENTS FOR ATOPIC DERMATITIS
• Safe and efficient alternatives to the use of glucocorticoids, such as oral modified cyclosporine
• Allergen-specific immunotherapy or desensitization (formulation and ordering of allergenic extracts), a safe and cost-efficient treatment
Traditional subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots)
Rush subcutaneous immunotherapy
Sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops)

DERMATOLOGY CLINIC

OUR DERMATOLOGISTS SPECIALIZE IN THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF NONALLERGIC SKIN DISEASES
• Skin infections (pyoderma due to Staphylococci and other bacteria, including the antibiotic-resistant strains, as well as dermatophytosis/ringworm, Malassezia dermatitis, other fungal infections, and viral skin diseases)
• Parasitic skin diseases (demodicosis, scabies, lice, cheyletiellosis etc.)
• Auto-immune skin diseases (pemphigus foliaceus, discoid lupus etc.)
• Hair loss (alopecia)
• Feet and footpads diseases (pododermatitis)
• Nail disorders
• Acute moist dermatitis ("Hot spots")
• Acral lick dermatitis
• Cutaneous drug reactions
• Genetic/congenital skin diseases
• Endocrine/metabolic skin diseases (Cushings disease, hypothyroidism, alopecia X)
• Skin cancers (neoplasia) and cutaneous paraneoplastic syndromes
• Working in consultation with referring practitioners and veterinary internal medicine/oncology specialists for the medical management of endocrine and neoplastic disorders


WE PERFORM THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES
• Skin biopsies (most biopsies do not require general anesthesia)
• Skin cytology, including fine needle aspirate of skin masses
• Skin bacterial culture and bacterial sensitivity testing
• Skin fungal culture
• Acetate tape preparation
• Skin scraping, trichogram (hair plucking)
• Wood’s lamp examination
• Hormone level testing to evaluate hormonal causes of skin diseases
• Multi-drug resistance ACBC1 (MDR1) genetic testing for avermectin sensitive breeds


NOW OFFERING LASER SURGERY IN VANCOUVER

  • 30wAblation of masses in areas where tissue resection is a challenge(ears, face, paws, oral cavity)
  • Decreased time under sedation/anesthesia
  • Decreased post-operative pain (cauterized nerve endings)
  • Decreased rate of post-operative infection (bacterial vaporizationduring the procedure)
  • Minimal hemorrhage (cauterized blood vessels)
  • Decreased need for sutures (depends on depth of surgery)
  • MASS ABLATION (+/- histopathology): sebaceous hyperplasias,papillomas, infundibular cysts, other* CERUMINOUS CYSTOMATOSIS ablation in feline ears
  • FELINE MULTI-CENTRIC SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA (BOWEN'S DISEASE)resurfacing & ablation


OTOLOGY CLINIC

WE DIAGNOSE AND MANAGE CHRONIC AND RECURRENT EAR DISEASES
(OTITIS EXTERNA AND MEDIA)

• Clinical evaluation of the ear canal and the tympanic membrane (eardrum)
• Identification and management of underlying disorders
• Working in consultation with referring practitioners and
• Veterinary surgeons for the surgical correction of chronic ear problems (total ear canal ablation/bullaosteotomy, excision of polyps or tumors of the external ear canal)
• Veterinary radiologists for medical imaging of the ears (radiographic evaluation, Computed Tomography/CT scan, Magnetic Resonance Imaging/MRI)

WE PERFORM THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES
• Ear cytology
• Ear bacterial culture and antibiotic sensitivity testing
• Videootoscopy-guided deep ear flushing under general anesthesia

Our Karl Storz videootoscope enables us to thoroughly assess and treat chronic and recurrent ear diseases. Foreign objects, debris and parasites can be removed from the ear using
tiny grasping forceps.
Biopsies (and sometimes removal) of tumors or polyps can also be performed.
• Videootoscopy-guided myringotomy under general anesthesia

Myringotomy (a small incision in the eardrum) is required when the presence of otitis media is suspected after thorough cleaning of the ear canal. It allows collection and extraction of the mucus/pus located in the middle ear cavity.

EMERGENCY & URGENT CARE

  • If your pet is having an emergency please contact your primary veterinarian right away. If it is after hours below is a list of 24 hour facilities:

GREATER VANCOUVER

Canada West Veterinary Specialists
1988 Kootenay St
Vancouver, BC V5M 4Y3
Phone: (604) 473-4882
www.canadawestvets.com

Vancouver Animal Emergency Clinic
2303 Alberta St
Vancouver, BC V5Y 4A7
Phone: (604) 734-5104
www.animaler.com

Intercity Animal Emergency Clinic
580 SE Marine Dr
Vancouver, BC, V5X 2T4
Phone: (604) 321-8080
www.vancouveranimaler.com

Mainland Animal Emergency Clinic
15338 Fraser Hwy
Surrey, BC, V3R 3P5
Phone: (604) 588-4025
www.surreyanimaler.com

Boundary Bay Veterinary Specialty Hospital
6325 204 St #306
Langley, BC V2Y 3B3
Phone: (604) 514-8383
www.bbvsh.com

Central Animal Emergency Clinic
812 Roderick Ave
Coquitlam, BC V3K 1P8
Phone: (604) 931-1911
www.emergencyclinic.ca/

EDMONTON

Guardian Veterinary Centre
5620 – 99 St
Edmonton, AB T6E 1V2
Phone: (780) 436-5880
https://vcacanada.com/guardian/

VetEmerg Emergency & Referral Hospital
12831 - 97 St NW
Edmonton, AB T5E 4C2
Phone: (780) 423-9111
https://vetemerg.com

VANCOUVER ISLAND

Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital
6550 Metral Dr
Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8
Phone: (250) 933-0913
Toll Free: 1 (877) 773-7079
http://www.civeh.com/

Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital
760 Roderick St
Victoria, BC V8X 2R3
Phone: (250) 475-2495
https://vcacanada.com/centralvictoria/